On school bus assault Snyder Pleased with outcome, but said change needed for disciplinary actions

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Riverton Schools Superintendent Terry Snyder said he was pleased with the outcome of the long disciplinary action in the school bus episode because the district and the community can begin healing. The school board on Friday said the three students involved in the incident would be expelled for one year. The three wrestlers involved were expelled because of what the district termed was “assault and sexual harassment” against eight other wrestlers on their team. During a media interview on Wednesday, Snyder expressed his concerns that the process took too long.

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As a result of the lengthy process in this case, Snyder said the district will look into its policies regarding disciplinary actions against students to prevent a case from dragging on for some six months, as was in this case. The superintendent also said school district policies for supervision of students on school buses has also changed in lieu of the incident, which occurred in January:

As a former coach, Snyder said every student deserves respect, from freshmen to seniors, including students and athletes.

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